Well, everyone, you may or may not have noticed I've been posting infrequently and sporadically over the past month or so. I'm here to tell you it's not going to improve anytime soon, sad to say.
I find myself in need of a blog break. My time lately has not been my own, and it's been increasingly difficult to find the time to sit down to gather my thoughts and write up a decent post. It's even been hard for S.K. and me to meet up for coffee, if you can believe that. No coffee = no fun. And let's be frank: if you know us at all, you know clarity of thought is elusive even on a good day. Without coffee, well . . . just be thankful we haven't posted most of those chats.
What bums me out even more is that I've been missing the great posts all of you have been putting out there! I won't allow myself to skim through and give the much-despised "Great post! Thanks for sharing!" just to prove I've been there. I really enjoy what you all have to say, and want to give it the time and attention it deserves.
The good news here is that I'm lacking time because I have two jobs I really love. My full-time job takes up almost 40 hours in a four-day span, but I get to be very musical and get money for it. Who wouldn't love that?
I've also been editing like crazy, which means business is great but also means adding about 20-25 more hours in a completely different direction. Since last fall, I've quadrupled the number of authors I'm working with, and each of them has brought a new dimension to my work. I've also found the more variety I have, the more efficient I've become, and the edits are easier overall. Yet another winning situation that gives me a great deal of satisfaction.
Homeschooling our youngest has to fit in there somewhere, too, but thank goodness she's in high school now and very flexible about my teaching help coming at odd hours of the day and night, weekends, via text/email, in the car, etc. The beauty of homeschooling is truly the "no classroom needed" aspect, and as I go into my 17th year of it, I think I have a grasp on what's realistically doable.
All this adds up, though, and doesn't leave a whole lot of time for other things. I knew it was time for a break when I realized it's taken me three weeks to write up this post. Hmm . . . talk about confirming what I already knew!
I'll miss everyone, and I hope you don't forget about me while I'm absent, because I'll be looking forward to when I can join up with the blogging community again. Happy blogging, and I'll see you soon!